Saturday Update: San Diego Fires

The latest on the San Diego fires as of Saturday, May 17, 2014.

In the Cocos Fire - San Marcos, Escondido:

  • 2,520 acres
  • 80 percent contained as of 6 p.m., with full containment expected by Sunday. Officials say fire activity is limited to smoldering areas within the perimeter.
  • Evacuations in effect for Coronado Hills
  • 1 arrest - man officials believe was attempting to loot evacuated homes
  • Last evacuation shelter at Mission Hills High School closed at 7 p.m.
  • 39 homes, 7 commercial buildings destroyed

In the Tomahawk, Pulgas, Combat Fires - Camp Pendleton:  

Las Pulgas Fire:

  • 15,000 acres - as of Saturday, 10 p.m.
  • 42 percent contained

Tomahawk Fire:

  • 6,500 acres - as of Saturday, 10 p.m.
  • 93 percent containment

Combat Fire (formerly Talega Fire and also known as San Mateo Fire)

  • 1,500 acres - as of Saturday, 10 p.m.
  • 55 percent contained
  • All evacuations lifted

Collectively, the three fires have burned roughly 23,000 acres or 18 percent off base, according to Camp Pendleton officials.

In the Poinsettia Fire, San Diego Complex - Carlsbad:

  • 100 percent contained as of 5 p.m. Saturday
  • 600 acres burned
  • 8 single family homes were destroyed or damaged, 3 other homes sustained minor damage, an 18-unit apartment building was destroyed, an 18-unit apartment building was damaged, 2 commercial buildings destroyed/substantially was damaged, 1 modular building was destroyed
  • Started in the area of El Camino Real and Poinsettia Lane
  • At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, all evacuations were lifted
  • As of Friday morning, there were three points where Carlsbad Police Department was still controlling access to residents for safety reasons: Black Rail Poinsettia, Black Rail Sapphire and Poinsettia Brigantine
  • Estimated damage at $22.5 million and counting
  • The Carlsbad Police Department has established a Tip Hotline for the Poinsettia Fire. If you have any information regarding the origin of the fire or suspicious activity or persons who may be involved with the starting of the fires, please call (760) 602-7599 or email

Highway Fire in Bonsall, Fallbrook area: 

  • 100 percent contained as of 6 p.m. Saturday
  • 386 acres
  • No homes destroyed or damaged
  • Started: Old Hwy 395 north of White Lilac
  • Heavy fuels have not burned since Gopher Canyon Fire (1970)

River Fire in Oceanside:

  • 105 acres - 100 percent contained as of Thursday
  • Fire contained to riverbed
  • 1 arrest - man accused of attempting to fuel the fire

Bernardo Fire:

  • 100 percent containment, as of 7:40 a.m. Friday
  • 1,548 acres
  • 50 structures were threatened
  • Started: Nighthawk Lane, southwest of Rancho Bernardo
  • 3 injuries per Cal Fire
  • Evacuations lifted
  • Official cause: backhoe working on construction project
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